Royston Turquoise Cluster Ring
Royston Turquoise Cluster Ring handmade by Randy White. This striking piece of wearable art features beautiful pieces of royston turquoise set in sterling silver. The ring is size 8 but can be sized on request for an additional charge.
From ancient civilizations to modern times, turquoise history has played a major role in the popularity of this stone. Historians believe in Persia, one of the earliest known turquoise-producing regions, the stone has been mined for more than 2,000 years. Turquoise stones from this region are known for their pure, robin’s egg blue color. Early Persians believed turquoise represented the heavens because of its beautiful blue color and used it to cover the domes of palaces and places of worship. Two mines, Sarabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghareh are believed to be the oldest known mines in the region. Archeologists believe Ancient Egyptians mined Sarabit el-Khadim for turquoise stones. There have been many turquoise uses throughout history. Spirituality and supernatural beliefs have always surrounded this stone.
North American Turquoise History
The Southwestern United States is a significant source of turquoise and plays an important role in the history of turquoise. Aarcheologists believe that thousands of years ago, ancient Native American tribes began mining turquoise stones at what is now known as the Mineral Park Mine 14 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona. Tribes such as the Aztecs believed the stone was sacred and made intricate masks and other adornment for ceremonies and important rituals.
In the 19th Century, Navajos began working with silver and constructed the most popular varieties of turquoise jewelry known today. Today artists use the same methods and turquoise symbolism.
Royston is a district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer, The Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues which are set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston mine is producing a little high grade turquoise today, operated by the Ottison family. They process most of their material into finished cabs and allow very little rough to come onto the market. This controlled output has raised the price of this material considerably in recent years.
The Trade Roots Collection is the creation and vision of Jeffrey Lewis, founder and owner since 1970. Lewis has a personal commitment towards preserving and revitalizing Native American trade and tradition in the Southwest. Trade Roots has grown and flourished from that same commitment. In the early years, Lewis spent much time in the Lacandon Rain Forest, collecting molted Macaw parrot feathers for use in Zuni and Hopi ceremonial costumes. Later, he began traveling the world, securing supplies of exotic shell and stone. Trade Roots was able to consistently bring pearl shell from the South Pacific, coral from the Mediterranean, amber from Chiapas, Mexico and the Baltic Sea, rhodochroscite, lapis lazuli, sugilite, turquoise, variscite, fossil ivory, labradorite, azurite and many other exotic materials all to be used by Native Americans for jewelry-making and fetish carving. Today, Lewis has these same rare and exotic materials handmade into beads. Each creation is unique and has a timeless feeling that always brings joy to the wearer.